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Popsicle Stick Puzzles Tutorial. My friend pinned this on Pinterest the other day: And I thought, hey that would make a super cute toddler activity!

Popsicle Stick Puzzles Tutorial

And, how fun would it be to make some seasonal themed puzzles! I decided to make a set to send to my little niece since my kids are a little too old for these. Although, my eight year old had a blast helping me with these today! Here's what we did: First we printed off some cute Fall pictures--just regular 4x6 prints from Walmart. Then, we cut the pictures into sections just a tiny bit smaller than the width of a big craft popsicle stick.

Next, we Mod Podged the strips to the craft sticks. And that's pretty much it! We just put each puzzle in it's own ziplock sandwich bag, and put them in a box. All of these adorable pictures come from Just So Scrappy which you can find HERE! Linking up here: Adorable Seashell Craft Ideas for Kids. One of my favorite things to do at the beach is to find the most beautiful seashells in the sand!

Adorable Seashell Craft Ideas for Kids

Normally, they would just sit in a jar on my dresser collecting dust but there are SO many cute craft ideas to make with them! I rounded up my favorite ones to make this summer with the kids. Just click on the links below the photos to get more instructions. Some ornaments I found on Etsy which have ended but you can kind of see how they made them just looking at the picture.

Seashell Peacock Craft. Spring-Themed Scissor Practice for Preschool. Sure, there are a lot of ways to encourage scissor skills with little ones.

Spring-Themed Scissor Practice for Preschool

But right now, our three-year-old loves cutting paper. Since cutting with scissors is great fine motor practice, I decided to make a little spring-themed scissor cutting page. She very nicely cut along the lines and edges. And then decided to keep going and cut the entire page into little tiny pieces. As I said, she REALLY likes cutting paper. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised; I shred paper when I chat–napkins, sweetener packets, paper menus. Since one page isn’t going to cut it (no pun intended) at our house, I made another scissor practice page. And then she cut out the chicks. You’re welcome to print these and offer them to your kiddos. Of course there are other spring-themed scissor ideas online. This post will show you how to cut a grass crown. Want more spring fun? Microwave Puffy Paint. Salt Painting Process Art for Kids - Meri Cherry. Salt Painting!!

Salt Painting Process Art for Kids - Meri Cherry

It’s so much fun. For real. Kids seriously love salt painting. It’s one of those process art activities that never fails and you can do it so many different ways. Check it out in the vid and keep reading for the easy 3 step process. *This post contains affiliate links. Liquid watercolors (or water and food coloring) liquid droppers aka pipettes any kind of strong paper, cardboard (we used a few surfaces including paper plates) salt (the cheaper the better) white glue On your paper surface make a design with white glue.

Sprinkle salt all over your glue painting. Step 3 Dip the droppers into liquid watercolors and make drops all over your salt painting. A note about liquid watercolors – The straight up water color from the bottle is very concentrated. This has been an absolute favorite art activity with the kids I work with. Art Links for the Not-so Artsy Homeschool Parent. Pasta Art Activities for Kids. Free Printables. I am a recent convert to printables… I used to not “get them”.. but I realised one day, that they are a clever and easy way to “jazz up” day to day things.. as well as printing off activities and “toys” for children, quickly, nicely and easily!

Free Printables

So if you are short of time and want something pretty. Printables it is! Here are some I have used in the past! Please note that these printables are provided by the various website free of charge. So respect their copywright and use these for personal use only! ****Come back every so often to see what else I have added! Matchbox Puzzle Printable Awww this reminds me of tangrams – which I used to LOVE playing when I was little.

Summer Fans If you are approaching the Summer and the weather is getting HOT HOT HOT, why not print off some of these adorable fan patterns and “make your own” cool fans. Frozen Story Stones Paper Village Print and make your very own paper village … another great project to do with the kids during the holidays. Party Bunting. Homemade Art Materials for Kids. A Year of Art Appreciation for Kids: 52 Artworks your Child Should Know - The Art Curator for Kids.